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->'''Slevin''': This isn't the first time this has happened...\\
'''Lindsey''': ''You mean this isn't the first time [[HighConcept a crime lord asked you to kill the gay son of a rival gangster to pay off a debt that belongs to your friend whose place you're staying in as a result of losing your job, your apartment, and finding your girlfriend in bed with another guy?]]''\\
'''Slevin''': No, this is the first time ''that'' happened.

A 2006 BlackComedy {{Thriller}} mixed with FilmNoir style, ''Lucky Number Slevin'' (released, bizarrely, as ''The Wrong Man'' only in Australia) The film features an all-star cast comprised of Creator/JoshHartnett, Creator/LucyLiu, Creator/BenKingsley, Creator/MorganFreeman, and Creator/BruceWillis.

The movie opens with [[OnlyOneName Smith]] telling a stranger of a KansasCityShuffle, recounting of an old horse race where a trainer tries to fix a race with a "drugstore handicap".[[note]]By drugging a strong horse, it can be made it a minor contender; by then taking it off the drugs for a specific race, its strong and unexpected performance boost allows a surprise win despite awful winning odds. In other words, people who know of the fix can stick lots of cash on the bet and win big easily.[[/note]] He tells a friend, who tells a friend, before it soon hits a family man Max; betting huge cash he doesn't have, Max then watches in horror when the horse breaks its leg on the home stretch. The bookie's associates decide to make an example of Max, beating and suffocating him after having hitmen murder his wife and son. Ending the story, Smith clarifies that the story itself isn't a shuffle, and points off to the man's left; slipping to the right, Smith breaks his neck.

Meanwhile, an everyman named Slevin has just moved to New York City to stay at his buddy Nick's house after a week of misfortune. After meeting his quirky neighbor Lindsey, Slevin finds himself taken in by two groups of thugs: the first belonging to "The Boss", a gangster demanding payment on $96,000 of debt; and the second The Boss' nemesis, "The Rabbi", who also wants debts paying, which total $33,000. Owing a vast amount to both with little time to pay, compounded with the fact neither entertaining the idea he isn't Nick, Slevin ''then'' finds himself trapped further when The Boss offers to wipe the larger debt provided he assassinate The Rabbi's son. Of course, things get worse when it's clear Smith is somehow tied into it all, and ''everyone seems to have their own motives...''

Borrowing heavily from several sources, such as [[Creator/QuentinTarantino Tarantino]] storytelling (e.g. inconsistent [[InMediasRes ordering]] and [[FlashbackCut cutaways]]) and [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock]] plots (most notably ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''), ''Lucky Number Slevin'' was received well enough to be a CultClassic of sorts, [[CriticalDissonance despite a cold critical reception]]. The movie is notable as the final film to co-star Bruce Willis with hair, and is the TropeNamer for KansasCityShuffle through one its songs (and a murderous tactic by Willis' character).

!! ''Lucky Number Slevin'' provides examples of the following tropes:

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* ActuallyThatsMyAssistant: When Slevin first meets the Boss.
* AskAStupidQuestion[=/=]CaptainObvious:
-->[[spoiler:'''Slevin''']]: How'd you find out?\\
'''Goodkat''': I'm a world class assassin, fuckhead. How'd you think I found out?
** There are even a few occasions where Slevin does this to just troll people. Especially when when he first meets the Boss and he explaining the ongoing situation to Slevin. At first, he's asking perfectly reasonable questions. Then at some point in the conversation, Slevin just starts pestering the Boss for kicks. He even has the audacity to grin before starting this line of questions.
--->'''Slevin:''' Why do they call him "The Fairy"?\\
'''The Boss:''' Because he's a fairy. \\
'''Slevin:''' What he has wings? He can fly? Sprinkle magic dust all over the place?\\
'''The Boss:''' He's homosexual.\\
'''Slevin:''' Right.
* AssholeVictim: Nick Fisher, who seems entirely harmless at the start of the film, is revealed to have been a sex offender who served eight years in prison for forcing himself on a fourteen year old cheerleader.
* BashBrothers: [[spoiler:Slevin and Goodkat]].
* BlackAndGrayMorality: There are no good guys. Even Slevin [[spoiler: kills the sons of the gangsters who killed his parents, despite the fact that neither of them had ever harmed him personally]].
* BilingualBonus: If you speak Hebrew, you know that [[spoiler:Slevin's last name (Kelevra) means "Bad Dog". It will not take long from there to guess that he has a connection to Goodkat. [[note]]Although with the different stress (''kélev rá'' vs. ''kelévra'', plus the fact that it's presented as one word, most Hebrew speakers wouldn't notice that it can be understood as Hebrew.[[/note]]]]
* BookEnds: The film ends in the same airport terminal it started in, [[RuleOfSymbolism though it is empty the first time and full the second]].
* BuffySpeak: Very common, such as when Slevin recognizes Slim Hopkins in the paper:
-->'''Lindsey''': What is it?\\
'''Slevin''': I know this guy.\\
'''Lindsey''': Who?\\
'''Slevin''': ''This'' guy.\\
'''Lindsey''': You know that guy?\\
'''Slevin''': I met him. He was dead.\\
'''Lindsey''': ''You met a dead guy?''\\
'''Slevin''': Yeah, in a walk-in freezer.
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: The Fairy]].
* CadreOfForeignBodyguards: The Rabbi hires two BadassIsraeli bodyguards to protect his son from assassination.
* ChekhovsGun: So, so many. [[spoiler: First, you have the literal gun the Rabbi uses. It's seen in the beginning when one of the faceless men is torturing Max. Then the Rabbi threatens Slevin with it. There is also the Boss's ring, Slevin's watch, and the Fairy's necklace, just to name a few]].
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Max's son]].
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler: Max's son, Henry, is seen in the flashback wearing a baseball mitt and is promised a trip to a baseball game, showing he's got a passion for the sport. ''Fast forward twenty years and he's good enough to murder a bookie with a fastball to the head.'']]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Goodkat and Slevin]].
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* DangerTakesABackseat: [[spoiler: Detective Brikowski]] is killed in this matter.
* DeadpanSnarker: Slevin to a T. The Boss even mentions it: "Bet you it was that mouth that got you that [broken] nose." He claims that he has a condition that prevents him from taking ''anything'' seriously or worrying.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: When Slevin first meets The Boss:
-->'''The Boss''': Do you know what I wanted to see you about?\\
'''Slevin''': No.\\
'''The Boss''': Then how do you know I have the wrong guy?\\
'''Slevin''': Because I'm not--\\
'''The Boss''': Maybe I wanted to give you $96,000; in that case, do I still have the wrong guy?\\
'''Slevin''': Do you want to give me $96,000?\\
'''The Boss''': No, do ''you'' want to give ''me'' $96,000?\\
'''Slevin''': No, should I?\\
'''The Boss''': I don't know, should you?\\
'''Slevin''': I don't know, should I?
* DirtyCop: [[spoiler:Detective Brikowski]].
* DivideAndConquer
* DownerEnding: The alternate ending on the DVD where [[spoiler:Lindsey dies]] would count.
* DramaticIrony: When you watch the movie a second time, pay attention to everything The Boss and The Rabbi say.
* DungeonBypass: Touched upon by [[spoiler:The Fairy's bodyguards; they are in the next room, but they come through the (false) wall. However, Goodkat realizes that this is where they would come in, noticing that the wall is thin by the noise they make next door, and is able to ambush them]].
* DumbMuscle: Slow. He and Elvis even discuss it in a deleted scene.
* TheEndingChangesEverything: [[spoiler: Detective Brikowski reacts rather interestingly whenever Goodkat is mentioned. And look at Slevin reacting to the Boss calling himself a nice guy or hiding the fact that he is an assassin by saying, "I uh, I travel a lot."]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The mob have to bring in a specialist hitman because no one is willing to kill an innocent child. [[spoiler:Turns out the hitman was not keen on the idea either...]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Boss, The Rabbi, The Fairy, and Goodkat.
--> [[RunningGag "Why is he called The Rabbi?"]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "Cause he's a rabbi."]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Josh Hartnett shirtless for a good portion.
* FlirtingUnderFire: Slevin and Lindsey build up most of their romance in this manner. Despite the fact that Slevin is on the hit list of two warring gangs, he and Lindsey find time to flirt, go to dinner (where Slevin is able to shadow a man he has been told to kill), and spend a night together.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Slevin carries out his assassination mission with more effectiveness than TheEveryman should, with easily spotting The Fairy's bodyguards and eluding them to get a date with him. That and his ability to communicate with extremely dangerous crime-bosses and withstand intimidation from the police is indicative of some experience with organized crime]].
** [[spoiler: Slevin's precise read on his initial approach to The Fairy while he and Lindsey are having dinner]] also counts.
* FreezeFrameBonus: A very cool, blink and you'll miss it moment - [[spoiler: Goodkat]] and Slevin are looking for a common denominator between [[spoiler: the Boss and the Rabbi.]] After Slevin hands the book off he sinks into a very casual, but still obvious Parade Rest/Stand at Ease sort of position, seemingly almost out of habit. That scene and his posture tell you everything you need to know about their relationship, [[spoiler: assassin mentor and his apprentice.]]
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: Several points in the plan are up to chance, most particularly The Boss picking a hitman who hasn't worked the city in question for years to do the deed. The plan where Slevin is counting on Goodkat not checking if Lindsey is dead. That Slevin would be able to pay his debt to the Rabbi in person, at night. Certainly, measures were taken to skew the probabilities in their favor, but none of it was guaranteed from the outset]].
* {{Gayngster}}: The Fairy.
* GenkiGirl: Lindsay is ''adorable''.
* GunsAkimbo: Goodkat -- just look at the image for this page. He makes short work of [[spoiler:The Fairy's bodyguards]] this way.
* {{Henway}}: One of The Fairy's body guards makes a couple of these in a deleted scene.
-->"What's a whoredo?"
-->"She has sex with you for money!"
* HitmanWithAHeart:
** [[spoiler:Mr. Goodkat was the contract killer whom the bosses hired to kill little Slevin. Goodkat couldn't go through with it, and raised the kid in his own trade so that one day he could get his revenge.]]
** [[spoiler:Slevin himself is revealed to have become an assassin under Goodkat's mantle, but he's actually a pretty nice guy off the clock, such that nobody suspects him until it's too late.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: The killer in the opening sequence kills a bookie by throwing a baseball. [[EyeScream Into his eye.]]
* InTheStyleOf: The lightning-fast dialogue with constant references to other films and tv shows can't fail to make one think of Tarantino.
* KansasCityShuffle: TropeNamer.
* KosherNostra: The Rabbi's gang.
* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: [[spoiler: The Boss, The Rabbi, and Detective Brikowski]].
* LuckyCharmsTitle: Marketed occasionally as ''Lucky # Slevin'' (see the picture) or ''Lucky Number Sㄥevin''
* LuckySeven: Referenced in the movie title, which is a pun on the phrase and the main character's name.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: "It can't look like a hit."
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Lindsay. Subverted in that [[spoiler: Slevin turns out not to be TheEveryMan who needs a "kick" in his boring life]].
* ManipulativeBastard: Almost everyone.
* MarketBasedTitle: In Australia, it was released as ''The Wrong Man''. The Portuguese title is ''Xeque-Mate''(Checkmate).
* MeaningfulName:
** [[spoiler: Slevin Kelevra. "Slevin" is the name of the horse that died in the opening race. Kelevra is Hebrew for "Bad Dog," [[FridgeBrilliance a reference to his relationship with the hitman Goodkat]]]].
** The Rabbi and his son, the Fairy. Why do they call him the Rabbi? [[ShapedLikeItself Because he is a rabbi.]] Why do they call him the Fairy? Because he's a fairy.
--->'''Slevin:''' You mean he has wings, and flies around spreading pixie dust--\\
'''The Boss:''' [[CaptainObvious He's a homosexual]].
* MeaningfulEcho: [[spoiler:Brikowski mentions that Slevin should play ball, and he {{Literal Minded}}-ly remarks "You think I'm tall enough?"; later, it's revealed that Slevin ''literally plays ball when he murders a bookie with a thrown baseball.'']]
* MobWar: Between the Boss and the Rabbi. It has escalated to the point where neither can leave his penthouse for fear of being executed by the other.
* MoodWhiplash: Almost every scene in this movie flips between deathly serious and absolutely hilarious; few scenes fall between the two extremes, and the film makes a point out of transitioning between these moods in an abrupt manner.
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* ObfuscatingDisability:
** In the opening, Mr. Goodkat pretends to be confined to a wheelchair to enact a KansasCityShuffle on a passenger in an airport, distracting him so he won't anticipate Goodkat getting out of his chair and break his neck.
** Slevin's ataraxia (inability to experience worry in appropriate situations). It's unclear if Slevin actually has ataraxia [[spoiler: or if he's just not worried because everything is actually going according to plan.]] Or both.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: - Jeez, this movie plays with Obfuscation like a bandit. Slevin runs a fine line at this all throughout the movie. His stupidity isn't of the literal sort but the physical. Slevin's continuously firing quips at very violent people - two different sets of mooks and mob bosses, as well as the police and is constantly getting punched for it, as soon as physical violence comes into play, Slevin backs down (for a little while at least). It's a brilliant subversion of the idea, [[spoiler: Slevin's actually a fairly accomplished hitman who's killed at least three people just to put himself in play.]] He straddles a line of aggravating people into hitting him, mixed with just not caring about the danger he's in. [[spoiler: Little do his rivals know, he is planning on killing all of them.]] Sometimes, it's unclear if he's doing it on purpose so they underestimate him, because of his [[spoiler: supposed]] ataraxia or if he just honestly pissing off all the people around him ''because he can.''
* OhCrap: Slevin does this twice -- once when Brikowski confronts him in the men's room at the restaurant, and once when Goodkat sees him with Lindsey, [[spoiler:who's supposed to be dead]]. He recovers fairly quickly in both instances.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Boss and The Rabbi, although we do hear the Rabbi's name from a couple of mooks early on. [[spoiler:The ending has them referring to each other by their real names: Anthony and Shlomo]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Slevin does this in BestServedCold form. The world-class assassin sent to kill Slevin ended up raising him instead, and as an adult, Slevin came back to kill the men who had his family killed]].
* RunningGag: Slevin continually gets his nose broken.
* SecondPersonAttack: The film does this with the death of The Rabbi's bookie (who died from having a baseball thrown at his head).
* ShirtlessScene: Josh Hartnett spends about a third of the movie in this state -- and not just shirtless.
* ShoutOut: An "echo" variation: after ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' gets mentioned, Slevin does a "just one more thing" to The Rabbi. [[spoiler:Film/JamesBond gets mentioned just before Slevin gets the girl, who ends up (apparently) getting killed]]. ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' gets a mention for the plot point of someone getting mistaken for a person [[spoiler:who doesn't exist -- shortly before the film reveals the truth about the protagonist's "real" identity]].
** Mykelti Williams' character has a noticeable physical tic where he constantly has his upper lip raised. In his most famous role -- Bubba in ''ForrestGump'' -- he had a similar tic where his lower lip was constantly extended.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Goodkat and Slevin, as they each report to The Boss.
* StagedShooting: [[spoiler: Lindsey]].
* StraightGay: The Fairy, for the most part (despite the name).
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler: "It was the name of the horse! The name of the horse was Lucky Number Slevin!"]]
* TrappedByGamblingDebts: Although they're actually Nick's debts. Since [[spoiler:the trapping was planned, this can be considered an InvokedTrope]].
* TranquilFury[=/=]PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler: "You killed everything I love. ''Fuck you both''." Slevin doesn't raise his voice once during his entire MotiveRant]].
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Slevin spends the first third of the movie in nothing but a ModestyTowel.
* WeDoNotKnowEachOther: [[spoiler: Goodkat and Slevin]].
* WhamLine:
-->'''The Fairy:''' [[spoiler:Who's trying to kill me]]?\\
'''Slevin:''' Me.
* AWolfInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Slevin is constantly getting punched in the nose and the solar plexus, by...pretty much everyone he meets except Lindsey. The truth is he set up the "misidentification" of Nick Fisher to get close to the Rabbi and the Boss so he can get his revenge.]]
* WouldntHurtAChild: The Boss calls in a specialist to kill a child when none of his goons would do the job. [[spoiler:The specialist can't bring himself to do it either]].
* YourCheatingHeart: Slevin caught his girlfriend cheating on him. [[spoiler: It didn't actually happen]].
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